Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Catachan Jungle Fighters: Arnold & Sly Take on the WH 40K Universe
Along with the 1982 Kenner Toys catalog, I found some more Warhammer 40K miniatures in the recent unpacking of boxes. I remember acquiring these guys in maybe 2000 or so. The whole crew looks like members from Arnold's special forces unit from Predator.
This reminded me that much of the Warhammer 40K lore has its roots in 1980's sci-fi. Necrons? Terminator Endoskeletons. Tyranids? Aliens. Space Marines? Stormtroopers. Catachan Jungle Fighters? Rambo and Predator/Commando. All of these are a much appreciated homage to great sci-fi. In fact, there is even a Catachan character named Sly Marbo (Sly= Sylvester Stallone and Marbo=Rambo), as shown below.
here and here on eBay. They just don't fit it in for some reason, appearing a bit too cartoony for Pops and Warhammer 40K circa 2017. I wonder if they'll get retconned out of the fluff like the non-Primaris Space Marines will at one point. Oh well. Thanks for the read and have a good evening.
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